Zakat Foundation Food Relief

Zakat Foundation of America will deliver nearly 35,000 pounds of farm-fresh produce into food-insecure East Oakland for free distribution Saturday, June 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Masjidul Waritheen, 1700 47th Avenue, the city’s oldest mosque.

The food relief for hurting families comes after weeks of near-total shutdowns, impelled by violent police crackdowns on diverse anti-racist protestors outraged by ongoing rampant police brutality against African Americans, ignited by the public police-lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

The protests and ensuing police action have come in the wake of months of deadly pandemic disruptions, particularly for perennially underserved African American communities locked in health care and food deserts.

“True faith is more than belief in the heart. It is to act quickly with humane empathy and mercy on behalf of the vulnerable,” said Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation’s executive director, “We want to put a little bit of love in the hearts of people, bring some healing to our nation.”...